Be sure to read beneath Eryl’s page today for some important news regarding updates and life in general.
I’ve added a new page to the menubar of Epic Fail’s site. This page it titled ‘Etc.’ and is for miscellaneous stuff I’ve done that isn’t related to art or comics that has to do with video games. This includes a tidy archive of the reviews I’ve written along with embeds of gameplay videos I’ve posted on Youtube. There is also an empty section labeled ‘guides.’ I haven’t completed any yet, but do plan on doing a couple for some tricky DSiWare puzzle games (yes… now that hardly anyone plays DSiWare) I’ve completed that I know a lot of other gamers have struggled with. I’ll probably upload them to IGN or something and just share the links.
As the title says, things are kind of chaotic right now. Tomorrow we get the cover for the next chapter of Ashes, but the chapter itself will not start updating. Then we begin Chapter 4 of Eryl, which I managed to build a 5 page buffer for (that includes the cover). I paid for some ad space on TWC that will go live when Eryl resumes on February 5th. But I’m feeling a little uneasy because that 5 page buffer feels awfully small, and in all likelihood, updates are going to end up sporadic unless I can somehow pull myself together. I’m currently experiencing some pretty bad post-traumatic stress and it’s making me a complete mess. Yes, I’m getting help, but it’s not something that can be fixed overnight. I’ve been going through fits where I can draw pages almost non-stop, then suddenly go into a slump for months without feeling any inspiration whatever.
Because of this, I am actually working on something positive on the side. It is a creative project that doesn’t involve visual art, so I’m hoping I won’t be going in and out of big slumps like I do with the comics. Why am I telling you all this? Because the more I work on this project, the more fond of it I am becoming. It may even begin to interfere with the already chaotic comic schedules. But this is something I NEED right now. I need to work on something that makes me feel accomplished and satisfied without worrying about deadlines or reader feedback. It is something I’ll probably never post online (except for possible sneak peeks once it’s finished). This is my pet project, my therapy, my happy place. And if comic updates drop off and become scattered for a time, I’m deeply sorry, but right now I need to focus on my emotional health more than my online ‘career.’
That being said, the one comic that shouldn’t see much interruption is Shivae. It’s the fastest and easiest for me to do and will force me to keep drawing at least a little, which is good.
Well, it seems that the past few months I’ve been catching about every virus that has blown through. Right now the whole family is sick as dogs with some horrible bug, which might even be a flu. That coupled with the fact that I’ve been having problems with severe depression and a host of other RL problems means that I haven’t had much energy to work on comics of late. I’ve been leaning on my buffer, which is about to run out. I’ve got the cover and first page of Chapter 4 of Eryl, which I’ll probably just go ahead and post once Ashes pages run out, and after that all comics are probably going sporadic for a time until things stabilise or at least until I get some energy and inspiration back.
I now have a Tumbr account! I’ll try to post lots of goodies there, and it’ll be a great way for people to keep up with the site updates without subscribing to each comic’s RSS feed separately.